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   These are the stories we are working on for this week's newspaper:
  • Image makeover needed: In the soon-to-be-released grand jury report, the jurors said the county’s Alcohol and Drug and Mental Health departments are suffering from a poor public image.
  • Help at the jail: The Board of Supervisors approved the sheriff’s request to hire four corrections officers, but not before reminding him the county is facing a $3 million budget problem.
  • Water disaster?: The state has already enacted emergency conservation measures. The county is thinking about declaring a local disaster as well.

Send us your zeroes: Meter keeps ticking on Nakoma back taxes

Lower assessments, unpaid penalties and interest have far-flung effects on county entities

Diana Jorgenson
Portola Reporter
10/20/2010

When Michael Schoff purchased Gold Mountain properties from the bankruptcy trustee in Reno, Nev., last April, many people in the county looked to Schoff as a hero.

Gold Mountain residents looked to Schoff to take over maintenance and responsibility for the golf course and the Nakoma clubhouse and hoped Nakoma's revitalization would slow the loss in their property values.

Read more: Send us your zeroes: Meter keeps ticking on Nakoma back taxes

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Judge ponders Feather River Inn suit

Delaine Fragnoli
Managing Editor
10/20/2010

 

After a full day of argument Friday, Oct. 8, in the case of High Sierra Rural Alliance vs. the County of Plumas, Judge Gayle Gwynup thanked both sides for a job well done and said she would probably take the full 90 days to issue her opinion.

The suit challenges county supervisors’ approval in May 2009 of a master plan, planned development permit and environmental impact report for the Feather River Inn project.

Read more: Judge ponders Feather River Inn suit

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Supervisors don't buy Grand Jury fire recomendations

Joshua Sebold
Staff Writer
10/20/2010

 

The Plumas County Board of Supervisors agreed with the Grand Jury Report’s sense of urgency on the topic of county fire protection but didn’t seem to agree with many of the Grand Jury’s suggested solutions.

The Grand Jury said it didn’t “presume to know exactly what action must be taken,” but that didn’t stop it from making very specific recommendations at times.

Read more: Supervisors don't buy Grand Jury fire recomendations

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City council candidates look to Portola’s future

Diana Jorgeson
Portola Editor
10/20/2010

 

After all the questions were answered at the City Council candidates’ forum last week, League of Women Voters moderator Lori Simpson thanked the candidates and commented, “That was a very pleasant experience.”

And so it was. The three candidates — John Larrieu, Curt McBride and Juliana Mark — were very much in agreement, and more likely to expand on one another’s responses than refute them.

Read more: City council candidates look to Portola’s future

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Forest Service leaves local contractors out in the cold

10/13/10

Joshua Sebold

Staff Writer

The Plumas County Board of Supervisors expressed confusion, exasperation and anger over the fallout from the Forest Service’s recent decision to award a no-bid contract for a fire center at Nervino Airport to a contractor whose nearest office is in Marysville, as part of the Small Business Administration’s 8a program. The 8a program targets “small, minority owned, disadvantaged businesses.”

Some of the supervisors and local contractors argued the Forest Service’s decision was taking money for a project in Plumas County out of the local economy and also significantly limiting the scope of the project.

Read more: Forest Service leaves local contractors out in the cold

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